Birthday week continued.
On Tuesday I drove over to Blackburn to collect my birthday present. Ken was supposed to be with me as it is his gift to me, but he was having a bad day with his breathing, so I suggested that he stay in bed while I went over there on my own. Just as well, because the artist who painted the picture for us invited me to stay for a cuppa, and we found so much to talk about I stayed there for about 2 hours! Ken was grumpy when I got home, telling me he'd made three phone calls to friends because he had nobody to talk to...WTF!!! He was asleep when I left - how did I know he'd wake up the minute I walked out the door? Men...
This is the painting. Marilyn is an 'amateur' artist who paints to relax. I have only seen one or two other artists who can successfully paint glass (bottles, jars, etc) like this, and one of them is Hilary Jackman, whose work is in the National Gallery (as well as in Eltham where she was born) and most of her paintings are priced into the thousands of dollars... Marilyn was reluctant to sell this picture, so she painted it again for me so she could keep the first one! We have to get it framed in due course, then find a spot for it to hang.
On my birthday (Wednesday), Ken had an appointment at the Austin hospital for his regular defibrillator check up in the morning, and after that we stopped in Eltham to do a bit of shopping, then came home to the sound of hammering and banging while our side fence was being rebuilt. It had been there for 40 years, so it's done well, but was literally falling down, so our neighbours agreed with us that the whole thing should be replaced. It was strange in the yard when the old fence had been pulled down. The boys next door came out to play, and thought it was great to have this HUGE back yard for a few hours!
We went out to dinner that night with our friends Louise and Mark, as we have been doing for many years, as their wedding anniversary is on the same day as my birthday. We went to a new restaurant (actually an old one under new management) and had a great night. Nice food and lots of laughs.. Stupid me, I forgot to get the camera out until we'd finished the meal, hence the empty table! Ken and I are on the left, for those readers who don't know what we look like ;-)